Top 11 Popular but Dangerous Sports

Top 11 Popular but Dangerous Sports


11- Cheerleading:

“Although most fans only see the injuries that occur to the football players on the field, it’s actually the cheerleaders on the sidelines who are most at risk. A recent study in the Journal of Pediatrics in October found that cheerleading is the most dangerous sport for females because of the high risk for concussions and “catastrophic” injuries, which are classified as injuries that result in long-term medical conditions, permanent disabilities or a shorter lifespan.”  says RJ SCHAFFER, Alligator Writer.

8- Kayaking: Over the years 52 people have died and 34 people reported injuries in kayak incidents. This includes drowning, cardiac arrest, hypothermia, and travelling in hazardous waters.  It would probably be a good idea to learn how to swim before doing this sport.

7-Football: As of September 2015, seven high school students have died playing football. The most deaths in one year was in 1968 with 26 deaths. 119 people have died while playing in a game. Players get concussions, break bones and get nerve damage.


“The combined speed of some collisions is faster than they are in football, plus there are boards involved. At the same time, pretty much no hockey player leads with his head, which greatly minimizes the risk to the hitter (though not the puck carrier, if the hit is targeting the head). Other health risks, such as those associated with the massive weight required to play on both the offensive and defensive lines, don’t apply to hockey players, and they also avoid the risk of exposure and dehydration-related death from summer two-a-day practices. The skates don’t usually come into play in the kind of way that you imply here (cutting opposing players), given that players’ lower bodies are generally well protected with hard skates, shin pads, and pants. Skates are much more frequently involved in injuries to the player wearing them, getting caught in a rut or at the base of the boards when the rest of the body is falling or being hit, causing ankle and knee injuries (ACL tears are quite common from this kind of injury). The sticks are much more likely to hit people in the face, arms, kidneys, the back of knees, and other unprotected areas.” argues  Josh Mahoney an editor on Sidelines.

5-Horseback Riding: Staff Writer Aspen Hendry has also participated in the sport of horseback riding for more than eight years.  There are many different types of horseback riding, the most popular ones are dressage, jumpers, hunters, cross-country and racing. For more information on this sport visit, .

4-Rock Climbing:

Staff Writer Aspen Hendry has also participated in the sport of rock climbing for more than seven years. She is fully aware of the risks involved in this sport. Primarily there is the risk of wrong use of equipment  resulting in falling off the fall and having the balayer unable to stop your fall. There are many types of rock climbing, on of them is lead climbing where instead of having the rope attached to the top of the wall, you have to clip yourself in along the way. You can fall from very high and crash into the wall. Another type, bouldering without a rope, while the walls are considerable shorter you can hurt yourself. Bouldering is so intense that many climbers develop arthritis, dislocate knees, arms and you can get concussions etc… 

 3- Skydiving:

“The United States Parachute Association estimated that an average of 2.6 million jumps were made each year between 2000 and 2010. But it’s still not entirely without risk: over that period 279 people died, around 25 a year, giving a rate of about 10 micromorts per jump.” David Spiegelhalter, Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk, Cambridge University, UK  One micromort is the risk out of a million of dying from an activity, sport and event

2-Car Racing:

Over 625 documented drivers have died from this dangerous sport. One accident involving a racer Pierre Levegh in 1955 resulted in his death and more than 80 spectators.

1- Wingsuit flying:

Let me start by saying that this sport is crazy! It is so dangerous that only about 200 people are allowed to participate. It involves jumping off a cliff or plane/helicopter. They put on a suit that has a fabric that stretches between their legs and arms and they glide around.  There are about 1 death for every 100,000 jumps and in a year approximately 25 windsuit flyers are fatally injured. Some flyers do not even take a parachute and just land on the ground.